To those that are at a disadvantage in life for whatever reason such as:
- Mental health
- Physical impairment
- Medical condition
- Learning disability
living life as independently as possible is huge desire, the chance to lead life as a part of everyday society is what everyone wants. Occupational therapy can provide this opportunity every day to people suffering from any of the conditions mentioned.
Where is occupational therapy provided?
Occupational therapy is provided in numerous places and is applied to young children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. They provide care across a number of different areas including:
- Physical Rehabilitation
- Equipment for daily living
- Environmental adaption
- Primary care
- Care management
- Mental health services
It is provided to help those that suffer from disability caused by physical or psychological illness, ageing or from the result of an accident. Occupational therapists can be found working in the following places:
- Clients homes
- Residential homes
- Community centres
- GP practices
- Social services
- Housing associations
Occupational therapy is provided on a one to one basis between the therapist and the patient, giving the patient someone who is there for them every day to provide help and support. It is provided to let the patient lead as much of an independent life as possible.
How occupational therapy can help
Occupation therapy can help patients in adapting to everyday life and to look at and overcome practical problems. Therapists can do this by providing advice to patients on how tasks could be done or looking at ways in which everyday tasks can be approached differently.
Therapists can also recommend services and courses that can help with speech and language, as-well as recommending and providing equipment that can change your home to better suit your living arrangements.
Occupational Therapy with children
Where required, occupational therapists can be used alongside paediatricians, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists to provide support to lead a child to a more independent life. Therapists can help to provide a series of exercises that can be done at school or home to help those children that need to address posture and balance to enable them to walk and have better co-ordination in later life.
Parents can arrange to have the services of occupational therapists in their homes to work with children and provide all the equipment necessary.
Occupational therapy activities
There are a number of activities that occupational therapists provide activities to patients to help address physical problems that are related to the upper extremities. Activities are always made fun for the patient, making and ashtray or ornament from ceramics will help to refine and exercise finger movements. Painting pictures on canvas can improve the use of patients' elbows and shoulders. Creative, fun exercises sun as handwriting can be used to help children with physical problems.
Adults with mental health issues can be given activities such as cooking meals for themselves or grooming. Vocational skills to help give them confidence and help them to integrate in to the world of work can also be used.